The latest Google report on the distribution of its Android mobile operating system shows that the market is not treating its KitKat version so sweet at the moment.
The latest data on Android distribution shows that Jelly Bean still rules the market with a share of 62 percent. The Gingerbread version of the software comes at second with 19 percent followed closely by Ice Cream Sandwich with 15.2 percent. Android 4.4 KitKat has a small 2.5 percent share of the whole pie. The Froyo is still being used by 1.2 percent of Android users while Honeycomb comes last with 0.1 percent slice.
While Jelly Bean is the ruling version of the software, it doesn’t mean that KitKat must be discounted. The latest version hasn’t been in the market for too long plus device manufacturers are a bit slow in rolling out the KitKat update. Ever since, the manufacturers have been slow in releasing the newest versions of the mobile operating system.
In February, Jelly Been had a 60.7 percent share of the pie while the Gingerbread had 20 percent. The ICS was installed on 16.1 percent of Android devices while KitKat had a 1.8 percent share of Android devices.
Comparing the latest distribution report to January, Jelly Bean even gained a few notches since it was pegged at 59.1 percent. Gingerbread drops a bit with 21.2 percent share then as well as Ice Cream Sandwich had a 19.9 percent share. KitKat then had only 1.4 percent, so the newest distribution report reflects a slight gain.
Google might be hoping for the better adaptation of the KitKat version, but we should also point out that the distribution can also be seen as something positive. Android after all was built for free use, easy development, and provide a good environment for innovation in the mobile industry. The fragmentation will also not be an issue as long as modifications can be properly done by developers.
In order to give us an idea how it fares, we need to look at the distribution and fragmentation of its rival — Apple iOS.
According to a report, as of January, the iOS 7 had a 74 percent share while 22 percent of users remain on iOS 6. The same article noted that, this maybe the case because Apple has a firm control over the hardware components and software so it’s relatively painless for it to upgrade its existing customers to the latest version of the mobile OS.
Conversely, Google has given the go signal to manufacturers to modify Android. Aside from these, there’re manufacturers who release gadgets using the older version of the OS. Then you’ve to factor in incompatibility with the device and approval of carriers.
For fans of Android, it’s nice to see KitKat slowly gaining some momentum and seeing and old version of the platform such as the Gingerbread starting to drop its share.